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Spicy, Healthy, Delicious!!! Health Benefits of Spices and Herbs


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    Fenugreek

    Fenugreek leaves are used as a herb and the seeds as a spice. It has lot of healing properties and helps cool your body.

    Medicinal Use:

    • Fenugreek Seeds are used to increase milk supply in lactating mothers
    • Acts as a digestive aid
    • Helps relieve lung congestion
    • Reduces inflammation and fights infection.
    • Believed to treat sinus

    Used In:

    • Can be made into a tea
    • Pickles
    • Sauces



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    Fennel Seeds

    Fennel seeds is a commonly used spice in cooking for its sweet aroma and flavor. Dried fennel seeds are also a main ingredient is lots of sauces.

    Medicinal Use:


    • Aids lactation and increases milk supply in nursing mothers
    • Helps with and breath
    • Provides relief from stomach problems

    Used In:

    • Sauces and Gravies
    • Garam Masala
    • Flavor Rice dishes.




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    Coriander

    Coriander is a spice and the plant which is a herb is also known as Cilantro. Both the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are used in cooking. Coriander is a key spice in garam masala and Indian curries.

    Medicinal Use:

    • Provides relief from anxiety and insomnia

    Used In:

    • Curries
    • Leaves used in Chutney
    • Cilantro leaves used as a herb to flavor all kinds of dishes mainly in Indian and Mexican cuisines.




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    Clove

    Clove is a spice which has a warm, sweet and aromatic taste and has natural oils which make it rich in nutrition and flavor. Cloves can be used in cooking either whole or in a ground form. They are extremely strong and should be used sparingly.

    Medicinal use:

    • Anti-fungal
    • Antimicrobial
    • Has antiseptic properties
    • Helps relieve tooth ache
    • Help in the prevention of toxicity from environmental pollutants

    Used In:

    • Dessert
    • Flavor sauces, kuruma and curries,
    • Flavor rice dishes like briyani




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    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon is a spice that contains an aromatic essential oil and is widely used as a spice cooking. It is used as a condiment and flavouring material.

    Medicinal Use:

    • Helps maintain blood sugar levels
    • Cinnamon has anti-clotting and anti-microbial properties

    Used in:

    • Desserts
    • Kuruma
    • Briyani
    • Flavor rice dishes



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    Cardamom

    Cardamom is a spice which has a strong and unique aroma and taste and is used extensively in Indian Cooking. Because of its intense flavor and smell a small amount goes a long way.

    Medicinal Use:

    • Can be used to provide relief from common cold.
    • Avoid Bad breath


    Used In:
    Desserts
    Sweets
    Kuruma
    Briyani
    Flavor in rice dishes
    Flavor Tea/Chai


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    Bay Leaves

    Bay leaves is a herb which has a distinctive flavor and fragrance and is used in cooking to bring together other flavors and add richness to a dish.

    Used In:


    • Kuruma
    • Briyani
    • To flavor rice dishes


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    Asafoetida

    Asafoetida is a spice which has a very strong flavour and odor and usually only added as a small pinch to some Indian foods. It is usually sold in powder form and is sprinkled into food.

    Medicinal Use
    Helps with Digestion and it is believed to eliminate stagnant waste from the intestinal tract.

    Used In:

    • Sambhar and Rasam
    • Fried Foods
    • Pickles
    • Tamarind Rice
    • Tamarind Gravies and Kolambu


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    Chili Peppers

    Chili Peppers are rich in vitamin C and are believed to have many beneficial effects on health.

    Chili has an important part in Indian cooking because it is an important part of the curry mix.


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    Cumin

    Cumin, a popular seasoning with curries and gravies, is rich in iron and aids digestion with its antioxidant properties. It is also used to reduce acidity and boost immunity. Cumin also contains phytochemicals which are known to inhibit cancer cell growth.



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